Thriller In The South Of France
Seven years ago today, on 22 June 2013, Rovers pulled off a dramatic 22-21 win in front of 12,000 supporters in the South of France. The win boosted their play-off hopes, moving them above St Helens into seventh place.
Rovers got off to a flying start when Greg Eden gathered a loose ball and raced the length of the field to score. Eden was to the fore shortly afterwards when his fine break took Rovers into their opponents 20, Michael Dobson then sidestepped and dummied his way nearly to the line, before drawing full-back Escare and slipping the ball inside to Josh Hodgson, who scored under the posts. Dobson converted both tries, and Rovers led 12-0 inside ten minutes. Catalan got back into the game through their experienced captain, Casty, who drew the Robins’ defence before off-loading to Larroyer, who used his strength to get over the line. After having a try ruled out due to an obstruction, Escare did score shortly afterwards, and Catalan drew level with a fine try in which the ball moved through several pairs of hands. Fortunately for Rovers, Bosc missed with all three conversion attempts. He did however manage a drop-goal in the dying seconds of the half to send his side into the interval with a 13-12 lead, after a highly entertaining 40 minutes.
In the third quarter, both sides pressed and had chances, but were let down by the final ball. The first score of the half did not come until Bosc landed a penalty to extend the Catalan lead to 15-12 with an hour gone. Then, with 13 minutes remaining, Dobson’s perfect inside pass enabled Eden to score his second try of the night in the left corner, and Rovers led 16-13. Their lead lasted just three minutes before Duport forced his way over and Bosc converted to give the Dragons a 21-16 lead with ten to go. Rovers then snatched the win when Eden took a short pass from the debutant Sean Gleeson to score his hat-trick try. Under pressure, Dobson landed a magnificent touchline conversion to give his side the win, and to put the gloss on another memorable weekend in France for the Rovers faithful.
The Rovers side that night was – Greg Eden; Craig Hall, Sean Gleeson, Liam Salter, David Hodgson; Travis Burns, Michael Dobson; Micky Paea, Josh Hodgson, Adam Walker, Cory Paterson, Rhys Lovegrove, Con Mika. Bench: Evarn Tuimavave, Graeme Horne, Keal Carlile, Jason Netherton.
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